I have quite a few books from knitting designer Debbie Bliss – her style is simple and classic, and patterns uncomplicated. So I was thrilled to receive my copy of her new book KNITS TO GIVE yesterday from the publishers Quadrille to add to my Crafty Book Shelf.
Riding on the wave of homespun gift ideas, the book is aimed at those with some knitting knowledge – and contains 30 projects of Knitted Gift Ideas. The book is split into 5 sections For Her, For Him, For Baby, For Kids and For the Home – hitting all the main present sectors.
The projects are clever, as they are not labours of love – but quick and effective patterns across different levels. The ‘Her’ projects contain pretty mohair shawls, belts, sparkly clutches and some fabulous Cable Stitch Cuff Bangles – which I think are a great idea. The ‘Him’ section contains a tie, socks and a dog coat (madly in the for him section?) which are all very chic quick projects.
However it is always in the Baby / Kids sectors where I think Debbie comes into her own… The mini bow headband, bunny booties, knitted zebra toy, mini coat, blacket , tiger scarf, mini sun hat and romper suit are simply gorgeous. With the ladybird backpack being a touch of genius.
What am I going to knit? Well I am going to give the Home is Where the Heart is cushion a go when I get a spare mo. Simple yet stylish – the Bliss trademark.
Published September 2011 in hardback – just in time for Christmas stitching. We think the book itself will make a perfect gift.